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Christie Brinkley Slays In the New Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has been making waves again this year—in a good way. First, we found out that they'd be featuring Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, which made us pretty psyched. It's super exciting to see athletes' showing off their strong AF bodies celebrating all the hard work they put into their sport and their fitness. Now, we're excited to share another way SI is breaking away from the mold of their traditional swimsuit issue bodies.

Christie Brinkley, legendary supermodel and swimsuit issue veteran, just announced that she's going to be featured in the issue along with her daughters, Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18.

 

 

Brinkley, who is a stunningly beautiful 63 years old, said in her caption: "Thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!" We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Women of all ages deserve to be celebrated, no matter what their shape or size, and just because you hit a certain age doesn't mean you should feel hesitant about putting on a swimsuit. (Real-girl model Ashley Graham also knows a thing or two about exuding confidence in a swimsuit.)

 

 

What's more, it sounds like her daughters learned some valuable lessons about body positivity from their mom. In her own post, Sailor explained: "I now have grown to know that my body is worthy of so many great things. I don't need to be a size zero to believe in myself. My body carries me each and every day. It loves the people I love, it holds what makes me healthy and strong, it bends it shakes it runs and it CHANGES. That is okay and that is beautiful." Pretty impressive stuff for an 18-year-old. (These women will inspire you to love your body, too.)

And sister Alexa had some similar sentiments to share about her experience on the shoot. "All that matters is how YOU feel about yourself," she wrote on Instagram. "Set your own standards of beauty; both internally and externally. All of those unrealistic-looking, photoshopped images are nothing more than white noise, playing off of your own insecurities in order to make a buck. Don't let them affect you. DO YOU! We are all perfect, just as we are. Please know that. Thank you @si_swimsuit for showcasing all heights, shapes, and sizes. For within our distinctions, our quirks, and our self-perceived 'flaws'... therein lies the beauty." She hit the nail right on the head with that one.

Check out the video below for footage from the shoot, as well as Christie weighing in on what it's like to pose for the issue as a family.

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